Orioles’ John Means throws no-hitter vs. Mariners, Baltimore’s first since 1991

Baltimore Orioles pitcher John Means tossed Major League Baseball’s third no-hitter of the 2021 season, with one unusual play separating him from the majors’ first perfect game since 2012.

The left-hander faced the minimum 27 Seattle Mariners in a 6-0 win, with the only runner reaching base on a wild pitch following a strikeout in the bottom of the third inning.

Means fanned Mariners outfielder Sam Haggerty but the pitch got past catcher Pedro Severino and Haggerty made it safely to first. Severino then redeemed himself by throwing out Haggerty trying to steal second base.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the first time in baseball history a pitcher lost a perfect game only because of a missed third strike.

Means didn’t seem too fazed after just missing out on the perfect game, though. “I could care less that it wasn’t a perfect game,” he said. 

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